Georgia offensive lineman Devin Willock and recruiter Chandler LeCroy died in a car accident Saturday night in Athens, the school said Sunday morning.
“The entire Georgia family is devastated by the tragic loss of football student Devin Willock and football club member Chandler LeCroy,” the statement said.
“Devin and Chandler were two very special people who meant so much to the University of Georgia, our football program, and our athletic department. We ask everyone to pray for their families during this very difficult time.”
The single-vehicle crash occurred at 2:45 a.m. ET Sunday, when a 2021 Ford Expedition driven by Lecroy swerved off the side of the road and crashed into two telephone poles and several trees, according to Athens-Clark County Police. Willock, a 20-year-old sophomore in a red shirt, was reportedly dead when rescuers arrived. Lecroy was taken to the hospital and died shortly after from her injuries.
There were two other passengers in the car, a 21-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, both members of the Georgia football program. Both were injured in the crash and are currently in “stable condition”. No details, including their names, have been released.
The crash came just hours after Georgia celebrated their national championship victory over TCU with a parade and ceremony at Sanford Stadium. Willock, a New Jersey native, appeared in every Georgia game last season, including the conference championship and both college football playoff games.
“We are all heartbroken and devastated by the loss of Devin Willock and Chandler LeCroy,” Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said. “Devin was an outstanding young man in every way. He was always smiling, was a great teammate and coached him with pleasure. Chandler was a valued member of our football staff and brought incredible cheer and energy every day. families for this tragic loss and will support them in every possible way.”